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guidance of his brother, equally stout & Philadelphia born.     A five
minutes walk to Livery Stable, then into vehicle, and off for the
city outskirts, and Railroad Funnelling.     A blazing hot day, and dust
flying.   Much talk of Cincinatti with its 15,000 population, its extensive
works, manufactories of agricultural instruments, hog exportations & a thousand
other modes of wealth, all where within the memory of man the hunter roam-
ed along the Ohio banks.       Arrived at the Deer Creek Valley.  Here
were hundreds of labourers, all busily plying spade, pick and wheel-bar-
row, in effecting the huge tunnel, which it is designed to cut through
a great hill, thus to allow eight of the Railroads to enter into Cincinatti.
Peculiarly located as it is, the city is surrounded by hills, therefore across
to its busy port is to be desired.  Tis a vast projet, one thousand
men are employed at it night and day, three shafts have been sunk,
and start Cornishmen at nigh 200 feet below the surface are ever delving,
and blasting a road for the Iron horse.        The plan involves levelling
surrounding hills, filling up valleys, improving the city & the entire
readjustment of the pla locality.       Twill be done in two years from the
commencement, six months back.      A bustling, hot, amusing scene, in
dicative of much.        Descending a steep ladder we walked under the exca-
vation for a hundred yards or so.     All slaty marl formation, no springs
encountered, though the place was muddy & dank.      In the chaise again
and along pretty bits of country road, green hills partially overlooking the
city till at the entrance of a shaft 170 feet deep.          This we descend,
I wishing to go & Mr Goodin after some hesitation doing the like.    Accidents
having occurred by descent in baskets, we go down the ladders.   With
a candle, and my coat exchanged for one of the miners, down we
go, firmly grasping the ladder rounds.       At the space of 15 feet intervals
theres a wooden landing place.      Black as night it soon become, and
the muddy marl clogged our fingers, while dank water drippings fell
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Describes visiting a site where a railroad tunnel is being dug outside Cincinnati, Ohio.
Date:1853-09-26
Subject:Goodin (Brother); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mining; Railroad; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Cincinnati, [Ohio]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.